Severn Sisters Feast 2017 | Action Against Hunger

SEVERN SISTERS FEAST 2017

Romy Gill and Alissa Timoshkina alongside eight of the UK’s top female chefs come together to host a dinner in Borough Market to raise funds for Action Against Hunger

By Action Against Hunger

Oct 6 2017

ON WEDNESDAY 4TH OCTOBER, OVER 100 EXPECTANT GUESTS CAME TO BOROUGH MARKET’S MARKET HALL TO ENJOY AN AMAZING FEAST CREATED BY SOME OF THE UK’S BEST FEMALE CHEFS


The ‘Severn Sisters Feast’ is the brain-child of Romy Gill, and 2017 was the second year that Romy has co-ordinated this fantastic event. After a tremendous reception to the first Severn Sisters event in Bristol last year, Romy Gill, MBE said: “I am so thrilled to bring this event to London, seeing how well it’s been received in Bristol last year. I am very happy to continue supporting Action Against Hunger, I wanted to raise awareness of the incredible work that the charity does across the world. I also thought this would be a great opportunity to bring women in the industry together and what can be a more exciting way of doing that than through cooking a feast together!”

Organisers Romy Gill and Alissa Timoshkina The event organisers, Romy Gill and Alissa Timoshkina

Chefs who collaborated with Romy on the sumptuous feast included Alissa Timoshkina, Chetna Makan, Elly Curshen, Maria Elia, Olia Hercules, Paula McIntyre, Zoe Adjonyoh, Rosie Birkett and Xanthe Clay, alongside chef volunteers who helped bring the event together.

The event  took place in the magnificent Market Hall at Borough Market, (a little different to the yurts of last year’s feast!) who very kindly sponsored the venue for the night. Guests were served an enchanting menu of 11 different dishes that featured seasonal produce, marrying the vibrant multicultural cooking styles of all of the chefs. Dishes included Ghanaian butter bread crostini, tamarind stuffed chillies with a sweet and sour chutney, slow roasted pumpkin with crispy cavolo nero and hazelnuts, and a plum, Mavrodaphne and chocolate trifle.

Severn Sisters Feast 2017 Guests enjoy some canapés at the start of the evening

The ticket sales, along with a raffle featuring prizes from Borough Market, Vino Beano, Kino Vino, and Risdon & Risdon, as well as signed books from a selection of the chefs helped raise nearly £6,000 for Action Against Hunger. What’s more, most of these funds will be doubled by the UK Government thanks to UK Aid Match, taking the total raised to over £10,000! This match funding will help mums and mums-to-be in Senegal create healthier futures for themselves and their children.

We would like to say a huge THANK YOU to Romy and Alissa for their organisation of such a glorious event, and for their part in promoting Action Against Hunger to the food-loving guests, and also to Borough Market for providing such a magical venue for the night. We would also like to thank the following sponsors, without whom we would not have been able to have such a wonderful evening: Vino Beano, Fentimans, Wenlock Spring, Neal’s Yard, Bread Ahead, Total Produce, and Hannan Meats. And of course, let’s not forget the amazing chefs and all of the volunteers who gave up their time to ensure that the guests enjoyed a mouth-watering feast and a night to remember!

Severn Sisters Feast 2017 Guests in the Market Hall

Images: Adrian Pope for Borough Market

A mother holds her baby at a health post in Matam, Senegal, where action against hunger is providing nutritional advice and treatment to young mums and mums-to-be so their children can grow up healthy and strong.
A mother holds her baby at a health post in Matam, Senegal

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